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5 easy-to-make whisky cocktails to celebrate Burns night

Crack open the home bar and try these easy to make whisky cocktails, which are ideal for Burns night.

Published: January 25, 2023
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It's Burns night, which means many will be partaking in a dram or two. If you'd rather drink your whisky as a cocktail or cocktails then there are plenty of options,

With this in mind, we've compiled a list of easy-to-make cocktails from classics to those with a modern twist.

The Rusty Nail

whisky cocktails


  • 1 part (recommended 25ml) Drambuie
  • 1 Large rock of ice
  • 1 individual Lemon Twist
  • 2 parts (recommended 50ml) Scotch Whisky


Build over ice in a rocks glass and stir. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Tomatin Rob Roy

whisky cocktails


  • 60ml Tomatin Legacy
  • 15ml Carpano antica formula
  • 15ml Ginjinha liqueur or cherry liqueur
  • 3 dash angostura
  • 3 dash angostura orange
  • 2 dash barrel-aged bitters 


Add the ingredients into a mixing glass with ice and stir until well-chilled. Strain into a cocktail glass.

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Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

Classic Old Fashioned

whisky cocktails
Picture: Loch Lomond Old Fashioned, supplied


  • 50ml whisky
  • Sugar
  • Three dashes Angostura bitters
  • Ice
  • Orange peel
  • Lemon peel


Rub a piece of orange peel on the inside of a glass.

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Add a pinch of sugar.

Then add three dashes of Angostura bitters and 50ml of whisky - Loch Lomond 12 or Glen Moray Elgin Classic.

Add three ice cubes.

Garnish with a twist of lemon peel and then it’s ready to serve.

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The Bobby Burns

Bobby Burns


  • 40ml Glen Grant 12 year old
  • 30ml Cinzano 1757 Rosso
  • 7.5ml Benedictine


Add all the ingredients for the Bobby Burns into a glass or mixing jug, and stir with ice until cold.

If using a jug or shaker to stir, pour into a coupe glass and garnish with a lemon twist.

Whisky sour


  • 50ml whisky of your choice (we recommend a decent blend, though nothing too smokey – unless you want to experiment)
  • Half a lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sugar
  • soda water


Pour the whisky – over ice – into an old fashioned whisky glass (the fat bottomed tumbler kind if you have one, if not any tumbler will do),  then add the juice of half of the lemon and half a teaspoonful of sugar.

Shake the glass before adding the soda water to serve. Garnish with a slice of lime.

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.

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